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Heart Health: Knowing Your Risk

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In honor of Heart Health Awareness Month, we are shining a light on heart-related conditions, risk factors for their development and preventative measures that can be taken to help keep them from developing. Our hearts play a major role when it comes to keeping our bodies going, and doing what we can to ensure its health now may lead to less issues later. According to the CDC, almost half of all Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease. While there are some risk factors that can’t be remedied, doing what we can to control what we can is imperative. There is significant value in knowing your personal risk and taking action is key.

Making life changes isn’t always easy, and understandably so. A sharp turn from the usual course can feel like a displeasing jolt. It isn’t always enough to know which path to take, but being committed to taking it can be. Speaking with your doctor to assess your heart health and identify your risks is a good start. While there are risk factors that cannot be helped, others can be controlled. Not only can your doctor help you identify personal risk, they can help you develop a plan as well. A specific change in diet, taking medication, starting an exercise regimen, and other methods for wellness may be recommended. Some factors that can increase your risk for developing heart-related issues include:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Age
  • Family history
  • High cholesterol
  • Stress
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Here at Aqua Home Care, we believe that maintaining one’s quality of life is invaluable. One major way to accomplish this is keeping track of your health, taking steps to prolong your health, and being mindful of any conditions or habits that may be a hinderance. Prioritizing your health has lifelong benefits. With the heart playing such a vital role, ensuring that it is well taken care of can have a significant impact. This month and all year long, we at Aqua Home Care urge you to be aware, be proactive, and be conscious of your heart’s health.

 

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